Next to Berlin, Munich is Germany's most popular city, with everything you'd expect in a cosmopolitan capital. The city is small enough to be digestible, and it has the added bonus of a storybook setting, with the mountains and Alpine lakes just an hour's drive away. Munich is well known as a center of art and culture. It is an attractive city with many fine examples of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neo-Classical architecture. Munich contains more theatres than any other city in Germany, has a wealth of fine museums, a number of restful and appealing gardens, as well as an ample selection of beer halls. Officially founded in 1158, Munich has been the capital of Bavaria since 1503. One of the best times to visit is definitely during the famous Oktoberfest.